McMaster Children and Youth University delivers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) based programming for children and youth in the form of FREE, on-campus Lectures by university professors and community outreach workshops facilitated by McMaster University students trained through our MCYU in the City program.


MCYU focuses on family learning, which allows for greater long-term retention of the material being delivered; creating conversational opportunities well beyond the classroom.


Youth are encouraged to:


Question the world around them

Discover their potential

Create amazing future opportunities


Our programs are targeted to youth 7-14 years old, but we do not restrict our attendance. We believe youth and their families should learn together and welcome all family members to all our programs.


aims to activate a dynamic community of educators, community partners as well as youth and their families to share in the discovery that comes through the understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Our long-term goal is to encourage youth to become empowered and engaged citizens.


Our vision is to prepare our students to become innovative and responsible leaders of tomorrow. To support their growth, we inspire youth to question their world, discover their potential, and work together to create better futures.


(a) Provide original and relevant programming – a complement to grades 4-10 education –that empowers youth as confident and conscientious life-long learners.


(b) Collaborate with partners in our students’ education, including schools and community organizations.


(c) Connect youth with inspiring mentors, guides in multidisciplinary career exploration.


(d) Create interactive, inquisitive, and inclusive spaces where youth can explore their curiosities.



It is important to us that our programs are accessible to ALL children and youth. We are currently working to deepen our relationships with schools and organizations in neighbourhoods where high-school completion rates are disproportionately low. To help decrease barriers we bring our MCYU in the City Workshops directly into these neighbourthoods and provide transportation to our on-campus programs.




Engaging in inquiry-based learning is an important step toward fostering a more fertile relationship between participants and knowledge not yet within their grasp. This model is well suited to inspire the curiosity and self-confidence that is essential to long-term educational engagement.

2018 Graduates
Girl raising hand in lecture.
Girl raising hand in lecture.
2018 Graduates

What is MCYU?

OUR REACH – Map of all of the locations we’re in:

McMaster Children & Youth University

If you have any questions or are
interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us

Our mailing address is:
McMaster Children and Youth University
1280 Main Street West, HSC-3N11c-j
Hamilton, On L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73790
Email: mcyu@mcmaster.ca


    MCYU Event Calendar

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    • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
      January 23, 2021

      About this event:

      Have you ever broken a bone? Ever wonder if there are things you can do when you’re young to make your bones as strong as possible to prevent broken bones later in life? Join Dr. Pritchard to discover things you can do NOW to make sure your bones stay healthy and keep you standing tall for life!

      This online lecture will take place on zoom. To receive the zoom link to the live, online lecture you must register through Eventbrite. You will be sent a link to the event by email prior to the event date on Saturday, January 23, 2021

      About Dr. Janet Pritchard

      Dr. Pritchard is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. The focus of her PhD and postdoc work was on the assessment of bone quality in older adults with type 2 diabetes, the assessment of frailty in clinical practice, and on the use of electronic decision support systems for the dissemination of clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Pritchard teaches in the Life Sciences and Kinesiology Programs at McMaster University.

      Ages: 7-14 (whole family welcome)

      Cost: FREE

      Date and Time:

      Sat, 23 January 2020

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


      Online Event

      Register Now!


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